1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

Not Rated.
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Final Absolution Trippel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

427 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 427
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 36
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dragonmead's signature product! This is the ultimate Belgian style. The very high gravity of this beer is balanced by the smoothness of its finish. Banana and Clove aromas come from the Belgian yeast strain combining with the generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The Saaz hops help to give this beer a balanced bitterness with no noticeable hop aroma.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel Alström Bros
Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 197 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

How good is this brew? It's my favorite from Dragonmead, and probably my favorite tripel of all time.

Poured out of a growler, into a tulip, it's a wonderful golden hazy yellow, with a thin layer of head that leaves little to no lacing. The appearance is about the only drawback of this beer.

The smell is great, tons of phenols and fruit. Belgian sweetness abounds.

Taste is amazingly complex, yet not overbearing by any means. A fruity bouquet of cherries, oranges, apples, with a fantastic banana aftertaste... nutty malts, and no alcohol bite at all... just a warm tummy after sipping.

Mouthfeel is perfect... slightly thick with not a lot of carbonation, which lets it go down the hatch WAY too easily without turning sour or cloying.

I'm at a point where this is nearly the only tripel I'll go out of my way for. It's amazing... and anyone lucky enough to be able to get it on tap is just that... LUCKY! I'll keep drinking this as long as Dragonmead is brewing.

SaucyA, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

thanks to tangfoot for this bottle. Served a bit too cold at first so I let it sit and warm a tad. Poured a tangerine gold color. Essentially flat except for a slight scuzz on top. Lots of really, tiny yeasty floaties. Nose malty with a slight hint of citrus.

Flavor is quite nice. More malty sweet than candy sweet, except for a lemon candy thing goin on. Also, am I picking up what (both in the flavor and texture)? Lots of citrus, especially as the beer warms--both citrus and orange. Medium to full mouth that wantsw to be sticky. Not sure what, but there is something missing to really puch this beer's score up.

MuddyFeet, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Served at 50 degrees F.

Golden yellow body with straw edges, lotsa bubblies. Ample cushion of thick, slightly rocky, off-white head. Nose shows bubble gum, fruity esters, banana, lots of tropical fruits, yeasty bread, and spicy, peppery hops. Nice, if not a bit too bubble gummy. Sweetish, candyish tropical fruit cocktail up front. Light booziness, plenty sweet. Honeyish too. Peppery spice and yeast before a tangy yeast and Saaz-esque hop finish. Sugary malt lingers. Warming me up a little too! Full-bodied, rocky, lively carbonation. Syrupy finish. Not a bad American tripel at all! Nice job.

alexgash, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

pours a bright golden with brighter golden where the light strikes it, has a hint of a head, that is one thing with this beer is it never has a head.
the aroma is sugary, malty and bananas.
the flavor is a little malty sweet, nice and spicy, some corrandier, hint of banana.
this is my second review of this beer. i do think it has a better taste on tap, but its not bad in the bottle. just remember to let it warm up a little and that dry carbonation funk flavor goes away.

plaztikjezuz, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into goblet.

It has a nice light orange color. Carbomation is slight but not absent and a ring remains throughout.

Smells and tastes like an average tripel - lightly sweet bubblegum-type taste and semi-ripe cantaloupe malt smell. Good sweet-to-bitterness balance.

Mouthfeel is nice, but ends up a bit too thin, not enough presence for a tripel.

Alcohol content makes this a sipper and drinkability does not tire through the finish.

Tried to go over a few times to make sure of my solid 4 rating for each category, but did not change. Ends up a "good" beer. Must say that my memory of drinking it off the tap at their brew pub seemed much better.

BelgianAleSlut, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of adammills
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

I poured this twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. With and agressinve pour I got a nice head topping a couldy amber body. Nice and sweet with a bit of citrus, slight hop at the end. Very smooth. The aftertaste is a bit acidic, slight pepper and spice. Soft on the pallate, proper carbonation. Enjoyable, would buy again.

adammills, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%

12 oz bottle

worst label ever. silly d&d theme. small red crest displayed behind the main graphic.. a picture of grass. oh, and a tree. and? ugh.

pours out a rather dark ambery orange.. very rich looking for a tripel and not at all what i expected. the head looks about right though.. a rich, dense foam that quickly becomes a bubble-tight ring floating solidly on the high gravity brew. some bubbles are observed moving through despite the wavy haze caused by the beer's thickness.

this beer smells of cotton candy. the burnt, crispy wet-looking ends of cotton candy. fruity, slightly bubblegummy, with a disappearing phenolic quality that borders on plastic and chewable aspirin.. but warmth kills that last bit of off-scent. i am endlessly fascinated by the overall aroma here. non-traditional but succulent nonetheless. i am enjoying the odor here waaaay too much. time to drink, perhaps?

the alcohol sticks out a bit too much. it's the first thing i notice and that's usually not a good thing. lots of sweet, raw grains here and a bit of creamy vanilla in the finish. no hop presence really evident. it's got a nice mouthfeel, creamy and soft, but is interrupted harshly in the finish by the sting of alcohol on my tongue. further warmth mellows it a bit, and brings out the estery fruitness from the nose. some candied orange rind and perhaps a dose of peaches and cream. complex, but damned by its lack of controlled abv.

a decent brew, with some real shining points. not a tripel i would revisit.

goodbyeohio, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a dark copper color with a quarter inch head that settles very slowly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace. This is the darket Trippel that I have seen, although I've read that they used to be pretty dark before Westmalle made their lighter colored version.

Smell; this has some very good banana and clove aromas, as well as what I can only describe as bubblegum. I also get a bit of a grainy profile as this warms a bit.

Taste; wow, the bananas stand out even more in the flavor. The cloves and bubblegum flavors are there as well, but not quite as strongly as the bananas. I'm getting a little bit of a pepper, and candied sugar with a little orange peel thrown in the mix. Did I mention bananas yet? Moutheel is thick and a touch on the syrupy side. Drinkablility is also really good, with only a little bit of alcohol present. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

RedHaze, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of beerinator
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Light yellow-copper, slightly hazy beer with a firm whitish head.

Aroma: Banana and spicyness kick hard on the original sniff. There is a malty presence here that backs up the fruit and spice.

Taste: The upfront flavors are banana (heavy banana) and caramel cakeyness. The spicing is there, but muted slightly at the beginning. The spices (clove and cinnamon?) show up in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and solid.

Notes: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was very drinkable and seemed close to what I interpret to be the style.

beerinator, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

While it certainly doesn't look anything close to one, this is a pretty good tripel. The beer pours to a hazy brownish red with a weak head. The bubbles seemed a bit large, and the head fell to nothing fairly quick. Once again, this is probably the least tripel-ish looking tripel I've ever seen.

The smell is good, however. Lots of banana, clove, and a nice grain aroma. Sweet and dry. For some reason one of the first things that comes to mind is Bazooka Joe bubblegum.

The taste is very similar, though a bit more dirty. The flavors are intense. The clove in particular. Still good.

The body is fairly full. Good balance between an initial sweetness fading into a nice dry finish. Not a bad tripel, but certainly not one of the better ones I've had.

neonbrown82, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

On tap at the brewpub, a most interesting place. The highest recommended to me. Lots of lace, cloudy orange and white ring head. Decent body, suitable though aggressive carbonation. Some fruitiness. Yeasty aroma.On sweet side, sugar, and also spiciness.

Sammy, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of EPseja
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Had this one in a personal "taste-off" against Dragonmead Bell's Sparkling Ale.

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Straight up amber in color. Big bubbles with lots of carbonation. Decent tan head. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

S - Sweet and fruity with the usual belgian yeast profile. Nice carmel maltiness.

T - Double Bubble bubble gum. Candy sugar sweetness. And interesting take on this style. Not cloying as I was expecting it to be. Very light in the hop department after the swallow.

M - Nicely creamy and satisfying. Only a small carbonation growth in the mouth with a smooth finish.

D - Interesting take on the tripel style; much darker and maltier than any other tripel I've had. However, it still manages to retain the overall character of a good Belgian tripel.

EPseja, May 20, 2006
Photo of numenor1
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a hazy deep dull orange. Very dark for a tripel. Modest white head, a little less than i generally expect from a tripel. Banana pudding aromas leap from the glass, backed with spice. Starts off on the palate with a truckload of munich malts, quite sweet, but quickly shifts gears and fleshes out into some pear, light apply and grapefruit characteristics, banana not nearly as evident in the mouth. Suggestions of some pith. Peppery throughout with a fairly dry finish. Body is very heavy for a tripel and the carbonation a little lighter than normal. Unfortunately i like my tripels feather light and cottony. Drinkability is ok. This is definitely a different take on a tripel, not bad at all, but not one of my favorites.

numenor1, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Amber. Phenolic, fruity and spicy aroma with hints of sugars, banana, clove, cinnamon and ginger. Again, very phenolic and a rather typical creation that shows a lot of fruity esters, banana, clove and fruits. Yeasty as hell and the hops are quite spicy in their lingering bite. Sugary. Good stuff.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Smittysguinness for this rare opportunity to try this wonderful beer.
Pours in my snifter glass which produces a cloudy amber color with a two inch thick white head that falls away quickly and leaves some lace around the glass.
A sweet smell which is a little fruity with a lot of cloves thrown in as well.
Think with not very much carbonation, has some fruity esters in there, has a spicy kick to it as well. The 8.5% alcohol warms up the mouth and throat. Pretty complex brew with loads of flavors for the palate. This is my first of the style and will be pursuing many more.

MrHolland, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -1.5%

had this a little while ago. sampler from the brewery. poured copper with a light off white head that left some lacing. aroma, citrus, yeast, over ripe banana, cloves, hints of alcohol.flavor, the cloves and banana comes out first than got a nice taste of alcohol about the same. not to bad

walleye, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of trumick
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

Pours a copper orange with a huge off white head that dissapates quickly with spotty lacing.

Scent is bubble gum, alcohol and banana cream pie.

Taste absolutely follows the nose yes bubble gum alcohol and banana cream pie. There is a peppery spiceiness that tries desperately to punch through the rich creamy sweetness, but it fails miserably.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, meduim to full bodied with a bit too much carbination.

Drinkabaility, well this isn't my cup of beer, as it were. This is too sweet and unbalanced for me. The bubble gum/banana cream was too much.

trumick, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Coppery orange. Unique looking tripel. Large, creamoid head with the will to endure. Bubblin' like a pot of neck bones. Lace horns on the horizon.

Nanners for sure. Like bubble bananaberry punch, or, or some crazy damn thing that the kids chew on these days. Sweet and lofty. Spiced and peppery as well.

Bananas and bubblegum. A sweet flood followed by a spicy and dry finish. A fattened malt section looms, making this a bit more stocky than anticipated. Sweet. Quite boastful, in fact. No cutting of corners here. A hearty beer trying to claim its worth.

Heavy in comparison to like types. Deeper colouring shows through in the body.

A pleasure to consume in moderation. A loss of control would most likely not be in order. A good remedy for a rare craving of this nature. 'Twould not be a bad idea to have it close at hand for a moment of need. " 'Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire." Hmm. Okay. Alright. Talked me outta that hand lighting I had planned. Damn the darkness!

SupaCelt, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Wonderful dark orange color. Very hazy. Reasonable head that dropped down to nearly nothing quickly.

Nose: Yeasty, grassy smells. Fruity - bananas, other citrus. Spicy - maybe clovers.

Taste: Sweet, biting start. Tart mid-section. Hoppy finish. Complex. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Coats the palette but doesn't linger.

Quite drinkable for 8.5% ABV

isubsmith, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appears a cloudy golden brown with a clumpy off white head that fizzles out into a slight film and decent collar. Sticky lacing is left behind. Solid streams of carbonation make this murky brew even more enticing.
Smell is of yeasty dough, sugary peaches,apricots, vanilla cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild peppery touch.
Mouthfeel is zesty, creamy and full bodied with a sugary, yeasty, Belgian candy sugar standing out. Not too friggin shabby.

weeare138, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of nortmand
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours light amber/dark golden with a whitehead and lots of lace.

Banana-clove dominayes the smell. Some alcohol comes across as well.

Flavor starts off with a distinct graininess, then is totally huge banana ester. Ends with some alcoholic sourness.

Full bodied and greasy with alcohol, this is an aggressive beer.

nortmand, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Poured rom a 12oz into my Piraat tulip. White sticker on the side with "7 05" If this is the freshness date it mean this bottle is 3 months old.

Thin off-white head over a hazy orange-amber body. Smells of sweet malts, orange, cloves, notes of pepper and a touch of hops. The taste strikes a good balance between sweet and spicy. Belgian candi sugar sweetness provides a base for the orange citrus, clove and pepper. Alcohol is present but does not dominate. Crisp in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This is a very enjoyable tripel. The booze is warming, but subdued enough to let the malts and spice come through. Complex and well-balanced.

Shovelbum, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

This has got to be one of the darker tripels around, quite amber, almost red in low-lighting. Served in a pretty little tulip glass it had a thin little head that persisted quite nicely.

Smells of very soft caramel-dipped fruitiness with much more phenolic verve surrounding it. Light pils sweetness forms the base for bready, whispy, clovey scents wafting about. Not terribly effervescent, something I look for in a trippel, but the carbonation was very low from the tap. Aromatic enough, though, and warmer temperatures brought out more cherry-lite scents with barely banana and bubblegum edges.

Taste hits all the notes in an interesting pattern. A little caramelized and candy-ish at first, quintessential light breadiness and elegant Westmalle-type phenols are deftly integrated to round out the sweetness. Hops are moderate and pleasing, really finishing the quiet but noticeable interplay of sugar, vanilla, clove, and plush malt complexity. Felt a little heavy and thick on the tongue, but smooth and enjoyable nonetheless.

A good American-made trippel. Solid on all accounts and quite a night maker at the pub!

nomad, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Undated 12oz poured into a chalice. The label sez "Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire." Good advice in my book.

Hazy amber with not much of a head despite the active carbonation. A veiled ring that leaves sheets of lace as it goes down.

The nose is rather sweet with a strong yeast aroma that is slightly chalky with clove, banana, and some candy sugar. Yep, this smells belgian.

Tastes sweet, but it is paired nicely with subtle hop bitterness. Slightly tart in the middle with refined sugar, bubblegum, and a rather dry finish. Doesn't have that "off twang" that I have a problem with regarding other trips. There's more complexity here than I can articulate. Its damn good.

Nice full mouthfeel that seeks out every part of my mouth, but doesn't leave anything awkward in its wake. Quite drinkable despite the abv.

ypsifly, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Amber orange with a mist of sediment clouding it. Quickly fading ivory foam leaves the top with a moderate collar. Lacing drips quickly back into the collar and nothing to very little sticks.

Aroma is of melon and banana candy sweetness with a great addition of lime peel zest, pink roses, mild musty yeast, and is lightly spiced with clove and white pepper.

Taste has a short banana and pale malt dry front. Spice kicks in pretty quickly with yeast, pepper, and clove. A mild melon candy and dulled caramel sweetness soaks up the extras and keeps an adequate balance. Fluffy banana bread, airy rosey perfume, and delicate left over spices fade off the finish with carefully placed alcoholic esters and flowery hops.

Feel is just a nudge over a medium body with a solid carbonation, hold, and texture. Has a malty smoothness and light candy sweetness overall with a good spicy kick and airy dryness about its touch. Nice complex flowery spicey finish.

A pretty good Tripel. Complicated enough and well made with that certain American playfulness that suits its character. Thanks tr!

tavernjef, Jul 18, 2005
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.